This is something of a milestone - it is the tenth CD by the band for P.E.K. Sound. The first, "For Real" (PKCD-125) was recorded back in 1998. This latest recording was, like several previous CDs by the band, made at The Concorde Club near Southampton - not a live session. The personnel, almost unchanged from the last CD (PKCD-329) is Peter Wilkinson trumpet; John Maddocks clarinet & tenor sax; Tony Farr trombone; Chris Satterly piano; Dave Broomfield banjo & guitar; John Arthy double bass & sousaphone; Brian Barker drums. The addition of John Arthy's sousaphone on four tracks gives a new dimension to the sound of the band. The tunes are:- Swing Me With Rhythm, Elephant Stomp, When Did You Leave Heaven, I Can't Escape From You, Coffee Grinder, Bechet's Fantasy, When I Leave The World Behind, C Jam Blues, Mabel's Dream, Sweet Emmalina, Sticks And Stones, Clouds In My Heart, New Orleans Stomp, Chant Of The Tuxedos, The Miller's Daughter Marianne. Like many other band leaders John Maddocks is always on the look-out for new and interesting tunes and there are several here that I'd not heard before. John is fortunate to have Peter Wilkinson in the band; apart from his skills as a trumpet player he is a gifted arranger and all the arrangements on this CD are by Peter. (68min)
This recording very nearly didn't happen. At Keswick 2009 I was booked to record three bands John Shillito's Select Six, Hot Banana (not released), and New Orleans Wiggle. At the last minute I had a message to say that Dave Donohoe would like me to record this session. There followed some fairly frantic efforts to contact Lucien Barbarin to get his agreement to be recorded. It was all sorted out with not much time to spare and here is the result. At first sight a band line-up with two trombones and no trumpet, playing traditional jazz might seem slightly strange but it works extremely well. Lucien Barbarin, great-nephew of Paul Barbarin, is a supremely accomplished musician with an ability to entertain. He and Dave Donohoe worked wonderfully well together. The rest of the band is Frank Brooker clarinet & tenor sax, Tom Kincaid piano, Mal Horne banjo & guitar, Jim Swinnerton double bass and Bill Evans drums. The tunes are:- Muskrat Ramble, St James Infirmary, Marie, Hobo's Lullaby, Weary Blues, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, Bye Bye Blues, Original Dixieland One-step, Girl Of My Dreams, It Makes No Difference Now, Bourbon St Parade. (72min)
The band, based around the nucleus of the Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band, was formed in 2008 and is promoted by John and Rene Long to play at Saga Holiday engagements throughout Europe as well as clubs and festivals in the UK. Their style and musical approach is very similar to that of the Rae Brothers N.O.J.B. with which many of you are familiar. This recording, their first, was made live in June 2010. The lineup is the regular one - Steve Graham trumpet, Mac Rae clarinet, Jim Blenkin trombone, Dave Rae banjo, John Robinson double bass and Kenny Milne drums. For this session they were joined by Ian Wynne on piano. Ian you might remember is a very talented young pianist who was with the Rae Brothers Band on their last recording (PKCD-322). The tunes are - Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye, Memories, It Looks Like A Big Time Tonight, Lord Let Me In The Lifeboat, Ramona, Yes Yes In Your Eyes, Indian Sagua, Boogie Woogie Stomp, Bogalousa Strut, Beautiful Ohio, Deep In The Heart Of Texas, I Wonder What's Become Of Sally, Joe Avery's Piece, The Cat's Got Kittens, Saturday Night Function, Get Out Of Here And Go On Home. (78mins) Superb CD!
Another first. Here is another fairly new band whose members are steeped in the tradition of New Orleans music and whose objective is to play authentic old-style New Orleans Jazz. The band line-up is John Minnion cornet, Keith Box clarinet, Norman Thatcher trombone (and very occasionl tenor sax), Dave Soby piano, Sarah Thatcher banjo and guitar, Peter Berry double bass and Pete Winterhart drums. For several years Bob and Jean Manuel have run highly successful week-long jazz breaks at Coast View Holiday Park near Teignmouth in Devon where this excellent CD, the band's first, was recorded in April 2010. The tunes are - Down By The Old Mill Stream, Tin Roof Blues, When Your Hair Has Turned To Silver, Tell Me Your Dreams, The Old Rugged Cross, Lord Lord Lord, Marie, Bogalusa Strut, Darkness On The Delta, Bugle Boy March, Carolina Moon, When My Dreamboat Comes Home, Tishomingo Blues, Smiles, Weary Blues (63mins)
Remarkably this is the band's first CD. It was recorded live at Carlisle Jazz Club in August 2010. Formed five years ago by Lez Bull, after an enforced two year lay-off, the band plays their distinctive style of Traditional Jazz in the North-west of the country. I think it's time they ventured further afield; there's a huge audience out there waiting to enjoy their music. Not surprisingly, given the line-up - Lez Bull trumpet; Dave Lee clarinet, soprano & alto saxes; Mathew Woodhouse trombone; Pete Major keyboard; Laurence Canty bass guitar; Peter Boocock drums - their repertoire includes some "mainstream-ish" tunes as well as traditional favourites, and, with Lez's love of the music of Alex Welsh, some tunes associated with the Welsh bands of the 1960s and '70s too. With that thought in mind I think those of you who have enjoyed CDs by Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz or the Hugh Rainey Jazz Band will enjoy this CD by the Lez Bull band. The tunes are:-Jazz Me Blues, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, Blue Monk, Hustlin' & Bustlin', 'Deed I Do, Mood Indigo, It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Until The Real Thing Comes Along, The Old Rugged Cross, Hushabye, A Kiss To Build A Dream On, Miss Bessie's Cooking, Louisiana Fairytale,I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad, Goin' Home. (70min)
It's three years since this wonderful Frisco-style band made a recording - far too long I think! For me one of the attractions of this band is their great joie de vivre or to put it another way their great sense of enjoyment in all they do, which comes through strongly in their music. This CD was recorded live at the 2010 Keswick Jazz Festival in May 2010, so the band had the benefit of a large and enthusiastic festival audience. The line-up is slightly changed from their last CD (PKCD-324) by the inclusion of two guests, both first class musicians with a deep understanding of the band's style of jazz - Francesc Marco piano and Paul Tkachenko sousaphone. The other band members are:- Ben Cummings and Tony Davis trumpets; Mike Wills clarinet and soprano sax; Graham Hughes trombone; Dave Moorwood banjo; Andy Crisp drums; Judy Eames vocals (on 4 tracks). The title track is an original composition by Dave Moorwood. The tunes are:- Dusky Stevedore, Sage Hen Strut, West Of The Mississippi, Louisiana, Aunt Hagar's Blues, Saratoga Shout, I Wish I Was In Peoria, Delta Bound, King Chanticlere, Shipwrecked Blues, The Phoenix, Annie Street Rock, I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll, Was I Drunk, Friendless Blues. (67min)